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Research Wednesday: Birth Induced TMJ Dysfunction

Welcome to Research Wednesday! Every Wednesday we will dive into some of the latest research when it comes to chiropractic and raising healthy families. We encourage you to read, learn, ask questions, implement and share. At Tree of Life Chiropractic - Seattle, it is our passion and calling to serve you to our up most ability.

Arcadi, VC, Sherman Oaks, CA, Proceedings of the National Conference on Chiropractic and Pediatrics. Oct, 1993 Palm Springs, CA. Pub. International Chiropractors Assoc., Arlington, VA.

In a clinical setting, 1,000 newborns were observed and treated (ages one hour to 21 days), for failure and/or difficulty with breast-feeding. In 800 or 80%, birth induced Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction was found to be the cause. In all cases, the babies were treated with chiropractic cranial and spinal adjustments, with excellent results in 99% of the cases. This paper discusses the basic clinical findings, related newborn discomforts, and associated symptomatology involving other symptoms. The above babies were all born with a lay midwife and without drugs in a calm, warm, peaceful setting. All babies were born vaginally. All babies were examined and in all cases a cranial distortion was present due to the birth process and trauma which produced a TMJ dysfunction, interruption proper suckling mechanics by causing severe headaches and gastrointestinal disturbances.

Dr. Moe's Commentary

Even during the gentlest of births, presentation of the baby’s head through the birth canal requires physical pressure exerted by the mother. This can force the baby’s neck to twist or bend causing misalignment of the upper cervical vertebrae. Often during the delivery, the practitioner will pull or twist the head to assist with the delivery and, in turn, compound the problem.

Precipitous delivery, prematurity, breech delivery, and forceful traction (forceps) applied during the birth process have also been identified as high risk factors for trauma to the newborn’s upper neck, spinal cord, and brainstem.

As a pediatric and prenatal chiropractic office, we specialize and analyzing and adjusting newborns (if needed) in order to make sure they are starting off life with the absolute best ability to heal, adapt and function. Parents who have brought their children to Tree of Life Chiropractic - Seattle for breastfeeding and latching issues often notice a better latch or feeding almost instantly. These parents often also notice better digestion and less gassiness or pain than before by making sure the nervous system is functioning the way it should.

If you have any question or concerns regarding your family's health or child's ability to breastfeed please contact us or schedule an initial consultation. We would be honored to serve you and your family.

Be Blessed!


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